Serdan Ozkan’s The Missing Rose
While I enjoy many novels that use these themes—The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce, for example—I wanted to try something a little different. I like the idea of matriarchal societies, and though the governments in the book’s larger world aren’t as strictly matriarchal as the society on Lana’s little island, I attempted to create a world where the concept of a Western-style patriarchy had never existed. I wanted to write a story about women that wasn’t defined around men.” Sounds good to us. — Mea Chavez
MEGA BOOK MARKETING UNIVERSITY in Los Angeles
A Writer's Road to Publication, Part Deux
By Jennifer Minar
It happened. Finally. I landed an agent*!! And not just from any agency, but the perfect one for my book. It took 20 grueling months of cold querying, networking, and sprouting unsightly gray hairs, but it happened!
What's more, I have two agents, not one--a literary agent and a film agent--since the New York City/Beverly Hills-based agency that represents me primarily only signs clients whose projects they consider to be marketable for
12 Hints for Rekindling Your Creative Spark
by Dr. Ken Atchity
Reprinted from Writer's Digest
Sometimes the struggle to publish can drain even the strongest creative dynamo. Here's how to recharge your creativity, to keep your career going...and going...and going...
When you began your struggle to establish a writing career, you were no doubt highly motivated. The joy of challenge, the lure of creativity, lured you into your dream.
But now you've struggled for so long that you may not be feeling that same joy. You may not be feeling it at all. What once seemed so promising now seems like folly at best, madness at worst.
What's happened? You've allowed the struggle to overpower the hope and positive energy you began with. You've forgotten that the creative process follows a natural cycle, from concentration to abandonment. The cycle begins when motivation leads to work; which, when not punctuated with appropriate rest periods, leads naturally to exhaustion; which leads to frustration; then to depression; then, ideally to reassessment and renewal. If you're pursuing a "creative" career, the process of keeping yourself motivated, like the challenge, is endless.
So what do you do when you're not feeling motivated?
Inside Hollywood: The Reel Path to Success in the Motion Picture Industry
Radford to build 'Taj'
Michael Radford is set to direct "Taj," the love story between 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the queen for whom he built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum.
Krishna Shah wrote the script.
Michael A. Simpson and Judy Cairo are producing with Ken Atchity and Ch-Li Wong. Pic will shoot in India later this year and is being aimed for a September start.
Radford, best known for directing "Merchant of Venice" and "Il Postino," was born in New Delhi; "Taj" would be the first film he's shot in his home country. Radford recently visited Mumbai to scout locations.
Pic will cost $25 million, and Atchity said most of the funds are in place, with WMA Independent piecing together the remaining territories.
HITTING THE BRICKS
Noire’s first film, “Hitting the Bricks,” based on her forthcoming novel from Ballantine by the same name is now in postproduction. To learn more about it—and to see photos of the cast---
See the press kit here